Author: Antony Beevor
Publisher: Penguin UK
Antony Beevor's The Mystery of Olga Chekhova is the true story of a family torn apart by revolution and war. Olga Chekhova was a stunning Russian beauty and a famous Nazi-era film actress who Hitler counted among his friends; she was also the niece of Anton Chekhov. After fleeing Bolshevik Moscow for Berlin in 1920, she was recruited by her composer brother Lev, to work for Soviet intelligence. In return, her family were allowed to join her. The extraordinary story of how the whole family survived the Russian Revolution, the civil war, the rise of Hitler, the Stalinist Terror, and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union becomes, in Antony Beevor's hands, a breathtaking tale of compromise and survival in a merciless age.
Author: Antony Beevor
Antony Beevor reconstruye en este libro la última gran batalla europea de la segunda guerra mundial y la estremecedora agonía del Tercer Reich. Con rigurosas técnicas documentales semejantes a las empleadas en Stalingrado pero con mayor aliento épico y más densidad política, Beevor combina como nadie un extraordinario talento de militar e historiador con unas dotes narrativas fuera de lo común para describir tanto la complejidad de las grandes operaciones militares y la lógica de las decisiones de sus mandos como los sentimientos de la gente común atrapada en un torbellino de fuego y metralla: la desesperación de Hitler, los deseos de venganza de Stalin, la impotencia de Guderian o la astucia de Zhukov, pero también la paradójica inocencia de unos niños jugando a la guerra con espadas de madera en mitad de sus casas destruidas por las bombas o el asco y el resentimiento de las mujeres brutalmente violadas por soldados soviéticos al tiempo que fanáticos de las SS ejecutan a cualquiera que se atreva a ondear una bandera blanca... «Berlín se parece -ha escrito Michael Burleigh- al gran poema épico de Alexander Solzhenitsyn Noches prusianas, sólo que apoyado en impresionantes fuentes documentales. Es una obra maestra de la historia moderna.»
Author: Antony Beevor, Artemis Cooper
"A rich and intriguing story whcih the authors disentangle with great skill."--Sunday Telegraph From Antony Beevor, the internationally bestselling author of D-Day and The Battle of Arnhem In this brilliant synthesis of social, political, and cultural history, Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper present a vivid and compelling portrayal of the City of Lights after its liberation. Paris became the diplomatic battleground in the opening stages of the Cold War. Against this volatile political backdrop, every aspect of life is portrayed: scores were settled in a rough and uneven justice, black marketers grew rich on the misery of the population, and a growing number of intellectual luminaries and artists including Hemingway, Beckett, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Cocteau, and Picassocontributed new ideas and a renewed vitality to this extraordinary moment in time.
Author: Antony Beevor
"On December, 16, 1944, Hitler launched his last gamble in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe."--Jacket.
Author: Antony Beevor
Publisher: John Murray
Acclaimed historian and best-selling author Antony Beevor vividly brings to life the epic struggles that took place in Second World War Crete - reissued with a new introduction. 'The best book we have got on Crete' Observer The Germans expected their airborne attack on Crete in 1941 - a unique event in the history of warfare - to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise. They had no idea that the British, using Ultra intercepts, knew their plans and had laid a carefully-planned trap. It should have been the first German defeat of the war, but a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle round. Nor did the conflict end there. Ferocious Cretan freedom fighters mounted a heroic resistance, aided by a dramatic cast of British officers from Special Operations Executive.
Author: Sarah Gristwood
Publisher: Ariel México
La Europa del siglo XVI contempló una explosión de poder femenino. Las mujeres tuvieron un poder sin precedentes. Isabel de Castilla, en traje de armadura, siguió a sus soldados al campo de batalla. Margaret de Austria y Luisa de Saboya, dos reinas regentes, pusieron fin a años de guerra con su «Paz de las Damas». Ana Bolena fue criada en la corte de Margarita de Austria, rodeada de mujeres poderosas; Su hija, Isabel Tudor, creció para ser una de las reinas más famosas de la historia. Con sus límites y sus decisiones, estas mujeres fueron también madres e hijas, mentoras y protegidas, aliadas y enemigos. Por primera vez, Europa vio una hermandad de mujeres que ejercían su autoridad de una manera exclusivamente femenina y que no se equipararía hasta los tiempos modernos. Una fascinante biografía de grupo y una emocionante epopeya política, Juego de reinas explora las vidas de algunas de las reinas más queridas (y vilipendiadas) de la historia. Desde el surgimiento de esta era de reinas hasta su eventual colapso, una cosa será ya cierta: Europa nunca sería la misma.
Author: Antony Beevor
Even Stalin was awed by D-Day. 'In the whole history of war,' he wrote to Churchill, 'there has never been such an undertaking.' Those who took part in the great cross-Channel invasion, whether soldier, sailor or airman, would never forget the sight. It was by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. Nor, of course, would the German defenders alerted at the last moment on the Normandy coasts. The very scale of the undertaking and its meticulous planning were unprecedented, but although the beachheads were established as planned, it soon became clear that the next stage of the battle would be far more difficult than anyone had imagined. The thick hedgerows of Normandy were ideal for the defender, and the Germans, especially the Waffen-SS divisions, fought with cunning and a desperate ferocity. As they made their way inland, the British, Canadian and American forces became involved in battles whose savagery was often comparable to the Eastern Front. Casualties began to mount and so did the tension between the principal commanders on both sides. French civilians, caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing, endured terrible suffering. Even the joys of Liberation had their darker side. The war in northern France marked not just a generation but the whole of the post-war world, profoundly influencing relations between America and Europe. Making use of overlooked and new material from over thirty archives in half a dozen countries, D-Day is the most vivid and well-researched account yet of the battle of Normandy. As with Stalingrad and Berlin - The Downfall, Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war. Antony Beevor's books include Crete - The Battle and the Resistance, which won a Runciman Prize, Paris After the Liberation, 1944 - 1949 (written with his wife, Artemis Cooper), Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, Berlin - The Downfall, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award, and, most recently, The Battle for Spain. His books have appeared in twenty-nine foreign editions and sold nearly four million copies. www.antonybeevor.com
Author: Ferdinand de Saussure
Publisher: A&C Black
Ferdinand de Saussure is commonly regarded as one of the fathers of 20th Century Linguistics. His lectures, posthumously published as the Course in General Linguistics ushered in the structuralist mode which marked a key turning point in modern thought. Philosophers such as Jacques Derrida and Roland Barthes, psychoanalysts such as Jacques Lacan, the anthropologist ClaudeLevi-Strauss and linguists such as Noam Chomsky all found an important influence for their work in the pages of Saussure's text. Published 100 years after Saussure's death, this new edition of Roy Harris's authoritative translation is now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series with a substantial new introduction exploring Saussure's contemporary influence and importance.
Author: Vasily Grossman
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Edited and translated from the Russian by Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova Knopf Canada is proud to present a masterpiece of the Second World War, never before published in English, from one of the great Russian writers of the 20th century – a vivid eyewitness account of the Eastern Front and “the ruthless truth of war.” When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman became a special correspondent for the Red Star, the Red Army’s newspaper. A Writer at War – based on the notebooks in which Grossman gathered raw material for his articles – depicts the crushing conditions on the Eastern Front, and the lives and deaths of soldiers and civilians alike. It also includes some of the earliest reportage on the Holocaust. In the three years he spent on assignment, Grossman witnessed some of the most savage fighting of the war: the appalling defeats of the Red Army, the brutal street fighting in Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk (the largest tank engagement in history), the defense of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine and much more. Historian Antony Beevor has taken Grossman’s raw notebooks, and fashioned them into a narrative providing one of the most even-handed descriptions – at once unflinching and sensitive – we have ever had of what he called “the ruthless truth of war.” From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Antony Beevor
"A tale drenched in drama and blood, heroism and cowardice, loyalty and betrayal."—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Third Reich in January 1945. Frenzied by their terrible experiences with Wehrmacht and SS brutality, they wreaked havoc—tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rape, pillage, and unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women are children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army. It was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known. Antony Beevor, renowned author of D-Day and The Battle of Arnhem, has reconstructed the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse. The Fall of Berlin is a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge, and savagery, yet it is also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice, and survival against all odds.
Author: Eric Hobsbawm
Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) wrote that Latin America was the only region of the world outside Europe which he felt he knew well and where he felt entirely at home. He claimed this was because it was the only part of the Third World whose two principal languages, Spanish and Portuguese, were within his reach. But he was also, of course, attracted by the potential for social revolution in Latin America. After the triumph of Fidel Castro in Cuba in January 1959, and even more after the defeat of the American attempt to overthrow him at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, 'there was not an intellectual in Europe or the USA', he wrote, 'who was not under the spell of Latin America, a continent apparently bubbling with the lava of social revolutions'. 'The Third World brought the hope of revolution back to the First in the 1960s'. The two great international inspirations were Cuba and Vietnam, 'triumphs not only of revolution, but of Davids against Goliaths, of the weak against the all-powerful'.
Author: Antony Beevor
Publisher: Grupo Planeta (GBS)
Desde la muerte del general Franco se han publicado muchos estudios sobre aspectos parciales de la guerra civil española, pero ninguna gran síntesis general que pudiera reemplazar a las obras que un día fueron famosas y que hoy, ante el considerable avance realizado por las investigaciones históricas, están desfasadas. El primer mérito de este nuevo libro de Antony Beevor es, precisamente, el de basarse en un serio esfuerzo de documentación que recoge hasta los resultados más recientes de las investigaciones realizadas en España, y fuera de ella, en las últimas décadas, a lo que añade además una serie de informaciones procedentes de documentación hasta ahora desconocida de los archivos soviéticos y alemanes, como las que proceden del diario de guerra privado del coronel Von Richthofen. Es cierto que el de la guerra civil española es un campo en que, como dice el propio autor, «todavía nos rondan los fantasmas de las batallas de propaganda que se libraron hace setenta años», y que nadie escapa a sus efectos. Pero, al margen de representar su propia toma de posición en unos debates que dividen todavía hoy a la sociedad española, este libro va a convertirse, por sus aportaciones, en una obra de referencia indispensable para el conocimiento de nuestra guerra civil. Sin olvidar que está escrito con la garra de narrador que ha convertido a Antony Beevor en el mejor cronista de los hechos de guerra de nuestro tiempo.
Author: Scott Galloway
In his highly provocative first book, Scott Galloway pulls back the curtain on exactly how Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google built their massive empires. While the media spins tales about superior products and designs, and the power of technological innovation, Galloway exposes the truth: none of these four are first movers technologically - they've either copied, stolen, or acquired their ideas. Readers will come away with fresh, game -changing insights about what it takes to win in today's economy. Print run 125,000.
Author: Laurence Rees
Publisher: Da Capo Press
The question is as searing as it is fundamental to the continuing debate over Japanese culpability in World War II and the period leading up to it: "How could Japanese soldiers have committed such acts of violence against Allied prisoners of war and Chinese civilians?" During the First World War, the Japanese fought on the side of the Allies and treated German POWs with respect and civility. In the years that followed, under Emperor Hirohito, conformity was the norm and the Japanese psyche became one of selfless devotion to country and emperor; soon Japanese soldiers were to engage in mass murder, rape, and even cannibalization of their enemies. Horror in the East examines how this drastic change came about. On the basis of never-before-published interviews with both the victimizers and the victimized, and drawing on never-before-revealed or long-ignored archival records, Rees discloses the full horror of the war in the Pacific, probing the supposed Japanese belief in their own racial superiority, analyzing a military that believed suicide to be more honorable than surrender, and providing what the Guardian calls "a powerful, harrowing account of appalling inhumanity...impeccably researched."